CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 |
A Little Saigon man accused of attempting to join Al Qaeda as a foot soldier was headed to Syria when he was pulled off a bus bound for Mexico and arrested on terrorism-related charges, federal authorities said Monday. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen was boarding a bus headed for Mexico when he was arrested early Friday, authorities said. Investigators now say that they believe he was attempting to fly to Lebanon from Mexico and cross the border into Syria, traveling under the name Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum.
September 6, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Citing unspecified possible threats to U.S. personnel, the State Department moved Friday to reduce its diplomatic presence in Lebanon and Turkey, two nations bordering war-torn Syria. The decision comes as the White House is contemplating an attack on Syria because of that nation's alleged use of chemical weapons. The Syrian government denies U.S. allegations that its military carried out a deadly poison-gas attack last month in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital. U.S. authorities ordered a drawdown of “non-emergency” personnel and family members from Lebanon and from the consul general's office in Adana, in southeastern Turkey, close to that country's border with Syria.
August 23, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The toll from a pair of explosions outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday has risen to at least 29 with hundreds wounded, authorities said. The explosions appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks that have stunned Lebanon and stoked sectarian strife in the small but strategically situated Middle East nation, which endured a ruinous 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. Tripoli has seen numerous outbreaks of violence since civil war ignited in neighboring Syria two years ago. Gun battles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the coastal city have cost dozens of lives.
August 23, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- A pair of apparent car bombs exploded outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least a dozen people and injuring scores, authorities said. Local news accounts said the death toll was at least 27, with more than 300 wounded, and blamed the attacks on car bombs detonated on a day when worshipers gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Video from the scenes showed cars ablaze and people running through the streets in panic.
August 22, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - The first rocket barrage from Lebanon to reach Israel in two years sent residents in the north scurrying for bomb shelters Thursday evening, but caused no injuries or significant damage, officials said. Israel Defense Forces said its Iron Dome missile interception system destroyed one rocket over northern Israel. As many as three others are believed to have fallen into the sea. Though initial Lebanese news reports suggested Hezbollah launched the attack, Israeli officials said they believe the rockets were fired by an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group operating from a village south of the Lebanese town of Tyre.
August 19, 2013 |
BURJ EL-SHEMALI, Lebanon - The midday heat is stifling in the living room of the cramped apartment where Rania resides with her two sisters, their husbands, children and various other relatives who have invited them in. Fans in the corner are still: The power is off 20 hours a day in this densely populated Palestinian refugee camp, east of the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. Decades ago, tents here gave way to gray concrete buildings, with heat-trapping zinc roofs that were meant to be temporary.